Richard Kennedy, Vice President of the IFA and Chairman of the Limerick Show, David Sheehan, Cllr Noel Gleeson, Jimmy McCarthy, Pat Corbett and Paddy Ryan Picture: Dave Gaynor
THE NATIONAL president of the Irish Shows Association, Pat Corbet said at the launch of the Cappamore Show that its fantastic committee is renowned “all over the country”.
As always, a huge crowd filled Hayes’s function room to launch the show which takes place in Portnard on Saturday, August 20.
Mr Corbett said as they hold their 62nd show it is important to remember those who were there at the very beginning.
Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc, continued this theme and said the show’s longevity and durability was “quite extraordinary”.
“Great credit goes to those people who were there at the start. They showed extraordinary foresight at a time of economic depression and mass emigration. It is a great credit to those people that the show is enduring today,” said Mr Boyle.
Both men singled out one Jimmy McCarthy, president of Cappamore Show. The 85-year-old is the only continuous link by a serving committee member to their very first event.
Mr McCarthy said a good press reception augurs well for a good show. And as he surveyed the packed room the signs are very positive
“I would like to welcome all the sponsors. Your continued support is invaluable to the continuing success of the show and we hope your proud association will continue for many years to come. As a founder member of Cappamore Show I am very humbled by the dedication and enthusiasm of the committee. It is in safe hands and will be a success for many years to come,” said Mr McCarthy, to a resounding round of applause.
Show chairperson, Marie Hayes greeted one and all and congratulated the new deputy mayor, Noel Gleeson and IFA deputy president, Richard Kennedy.
PJ Blackwell, treasurer, said they get one third of their revenue from sponsorship and without that backing they wouldn’t be able to continue.
Paddy Ryan “Luke”, secretary for 57 of the 62 shows, said when Cappamore was started in 1954 many shows were founded at that time.
“Unfortunately many have fallen by the wayside due to finances and lack of manpower. Not only has Cappamore survived, it has prospered,” said Mr Ryan, who is often asked why go to all the trouble, headaches and bother of holding a show.
“Anything you can do to enhance the quality of life in your area is worthwhile,” summed up Mr Ryan.
The very best of cattle, horses, ponies, horticulture, arts, crafts, baking, vintage cars and tractors, children’s entertainments and lots more awaits on August 20.